Lower the rear suspension on a 1302

Can any one lower the back end on a 1302 for me? It looks like some one may have welded the spline onto the metal arm/plate? I am lost and need some help…
Any advice or guidance would be appreciated…

Don’t mind paying some one to sort it for me…

I live near to Falkirk

Rod

if your stuck you could give greg a call at bus stop ecosse,great for any repairs

Greg’s contact details…

Bus Stop Ecosse
Camper & Beetle Specialist
Lochpark Industrial Estate
Stonehouse
ML9 3LR
Phone: 0770 203 9441

I did this job on mine a few weeks ago.
I assume you know it’s a case of turning the spring plate a few splines one way and the torsion bar a few the other way to get the drop you want?
For example, I only lowered mine 1". The outer splines number 44, the inner 40. By raising the spring plate end 4 notches and lowering the other end 4 notches you get a 3 degree drop which equals one inch at the axle. Other combinations are better known for bigger drops, but I found myself doing the maths to get a clearer understanding of the job!
However, if your spring plate is welded or seriously stuck to the torsion bar, you’d need to take the whole assembly off and free them apart with a grinder or FBH.
However, just make sure you’ve got a decent reference mark of the original angle of the spring plate once it’s free of the stop plate!

Nice chart Ally! Looks like a VolksWorld style font - must’ve missed that article…! :o

No Idea what magazine it’s from, I found it on the net n thought it might be useful

Hi Alex

Thanks for your comments, Any idea why some one would have welded the plate to the bar? also do you know of any one that could sort it out for me? I can strip the front suspension in my sleep but the back I struggle with!!! The car is garaged at my home full access to the suspension… If you know any one that wants to do a homer?

Thanks

Rod

Thanks for this info… The car is parked up for the winter now. I need a Mobile VW mechanic! Also do you know anyone who has experience of setting up twin carbs (40webbers) on a type 4 engine as fitted to a beetle? Picture on my profile of actual engine.

Rod

mark - 2005-10-13 12:33 AM

if your stuck you could give greg a call at bus stop ecosse,great for any repairs

Greg’s contact details…

Bus Stop Ecosse
Camper & Beetle Specialist
Lochpark Industrial Estate
Stonehouse
ML9 3LR
Phone: 0770 203 9441

My brother has the kit for tuning carbs, assuming they are jetted right in the first place.
http://messageboard.lvwc.co.uk/view-profile.asp?action=view&uid=59

I don’t think anyone has welded the plate to the bar - I think you just have late style torsion bars. Late torsion bars are longer, thus give a softer ride. Your torsion bar cover will have a hole in it to allow the longer torsion bar to fit through it.
Which part of the planet do you occupy?, I could come around and look at it.
Alan

Alan

I live in Larbert, just outside Falkirk… you are welcome to pop down and take a look for me… if you can do the job all the better!!! lols…
What time suits?

Rod

Alan - 2005-10-14 9:38 PM

I don’t think anyone has welded the plate to the bar - I think you just have late style torsion bars. Late torsion bars are longer, thus give a softer ride. Your torsion bar cover will have a hole in it to allow the longer torsion bar to fit through it.
Which part of the planet do you occupy?, I could come around and look at it.
Alan

Alan - 2005-10-14 9:38 PMI don’t think anyone has welded the plate to the bar - I think you just have late style torsion bars… Alan

Of course! For some daft reason I was thinking of the earlier set up where you see the splines once you take the end plate off and assumed Rod had noticed a weld there… :o

Rod - 2005-10-14 11:59 PM
I live in Larbert, just outside Falkirk…

Yay, another Falkirk-ish dubber… if my Bus ever runs again we’ve got ourselves a mini cruise! :lol:

Can you load a photo onto this system to show every one what my set up looks like?

offcourse you can

Nice one…

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offcourse you can

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Pic Of Suspension… can anyone make out if the item has been welded?

Rod

Doesn’t look like there’s anything to worry about there Rod - situation normal!
The sturdy tube sticking out from the spring plate is supposed to be solidly welded to it, as it transfers the weight of the car via the spring plate to the torsion bar which is anchored to splines at the sealed end of the tube!
The first thing to do having got as far as the stage in the pic, is to undo the securing bolts that hold the twin spring plates onto the hub assembly. Then, lever or jack up the hub assembly all the way to the bump stop until it’s free of the plates. Tie the hub assembly up there out of the way then use your jack to lever up the spring plates until just clear of the bottom step (the part just above the axle stand in pic).
Now carefully prize the spring plate assembly outwards so that they clear the step and hang free on the torsion bar - BEING VERY CAREFUL not to let the spring plate assembly come too far off the splines or pull the torsion bar with it so that it comes off the inner splines either!
Now mark the angle (score the metal with a scribe) at which the spring plates lie relative to the torsion bar housing behind it. This mark is your reference point for stock ride height which you will need to return to if you don’t get the spline turns spot on. From there you must try to feel the number of inner splines notches turned for the drop you require, followed by the outer ones.
Kinda difficult to put it all into words here, but that’s the basic jist of it… :slight_smile:

seamonsta - 2005-10-17 6:52 PM

…undo the securing bolts that hold the twin spring plates onto the hub assembly…

Except I’ve just had a closer look at your pic and it appears your spring plate is singular, not twin!
Strange - my 1302S had twin spring plates… :huh:

some did some didnt